MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "The Jurist reports: A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Wednesday that those placed on the US government's no-fly list have "a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the No Fly List." The plaintiffs in the case are 13 US citizens who were denied boarding on flights over US air space after January 2009. Judge Anna Brown hasn't ruled on the constitutionality of the No Fly List yet, and has instructed the attorneys involved to present a roadmap for deciding the remaining issues, but the she has acknowledged that the No Fly List is as a major burden to those on the list and they have the right for that status to be reviewed." top
Facebook marks all Wordpress.com posts as spam during debate on NHS changes.
MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Facebook seems to have stepped up to a new level (or low) of corporate censorship. The Wordpress.com blog Scriptonite Daily has been posting on bills being debated in the U.K. House of Commons that could cause a large amount of the U.K. National Health Services to be privatized. The debate has gotten surprisingly little coverage and has not been featured on BBC, Sky, or other U.K. media outlets. Facebook quickly started marking the post as spam and requiring to Captcha to share the article. Later it started to remove the share button completely for the article, and finally it started to remove the links to the NHS debate post itself as well as all the times it was shared. Facebook now seems to be adding spam messages to all Wordpress.com post links ("Facebook thinks this site may be unsafe. If you're not familiar with it, please provide feedback by marking it as spam"), and is starting to cause problems (like constant calls for Captcha) for other unrelated sites like Geoff Wessel's Atypical Comics." Link to Original Source top
Hugo Awards UStream stopped for "copyright infringement"
MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Viewers using UStream to watch the Hugo Awards ceremony on Sunday were surprised when Neil Gaiman's acceptance speech for his award for his "The Doctor's Wife" Doctor Who script was cut off by a message that said "Worldcon [the UStream account name] banned for copyright infringement." How in the world was a live awards show perpretrating copyright infringement? They weren't. Gaiman's speach was preceeded by clips of his episode and other clips nominated for this year's Hugo award, all of which were cleared to be used during the awards ceremony. However UStream's copyright bots killed the broadcast because the clips matched copyrighted material. There was no response from UStream about the problem and the stream was never able to be continued. As of now UStream has not even responded for to complaints about the stream being removed. DMCA fear strikes innocent people again!" Link to Original Source top
"My Sister is the Zelda Gymnast... and she's a lifelong gamer."
MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Of course we didn't get to see it in the US because of the #NBCfail, but many people were pleasantly surprised to hear one of gymnasts did her floor routine to a medley of Legend of Zelda theme songs. Kotaku has the story behind the gymnast and the routine." Link to Original Source top
MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "After this week of horrible disappointment with the FCC's limp-wristed handling of net neutrality, this Bloomburg Businessweek article sees through the smokescreen and calls out one of the biggest hypocrisies in the U.S. today: big businesses crying not wanting regulation in the name of the free market but making every effort to limit competition in any way possible (including capturing regulatory bodies so they can make up their own rules). With so many regulatory bodies captured by the industries they are supposed to regulate are we really still living in a free economy?" Link to Original Source top
MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Part of TSA's great (read reactionary) solution to the dumb terrorist incident on Christmas: turn off wi-fi, TV, phones, and other communication devices in the last hour of flight. This is in addition to the other reactionary measures such as "not keeping items in your lap for the last hour of flight" and being escorted to the toilet. It is apparent our security in the U.S. is run by lunatics." Link to Original Source
Wow. From BoingBoing: Secretary of State Peter Mandelson is planning to introduce changes to the Digital Economy Bill now under debate in Parliament. These changes will give the Secretary of State (Mandelson -- or his successor in the next government) the power to make "secondary legislation" (legislation that is passed without debate) to amend the provisions of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988). What that means is that an unelected official would have the power to do anything without Parliamentary oversight or debate, provided it was done in the name of protecting copyright. This is corptocracy.